It happened today – this day in history – October 28

306: Maxentius is proclaimed Emperor of Rome.

969: Byzantine troops occupy Antioch.

1216: Henry III aged nine, is crowned king at Gloucester Cathedral.

1420: Beijing is declared the capital of the Ming dynasty.

1492: Christopher Columbus sights Cuba and claims it for Spain under the name “Juana”.

1726: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift is published.

1746: The cities of Lima and Callao are demolished by an earthquake in Peru, killing 18,000.

1811: The first known purchase of Jane Austen’s novel “Sense and Sensibility” by the Prince Regent.

1831: Michael Faraday demonstrates his dynamo invention, an electrical generator.

1848: The first railroad in Spain – between Barcelona and Mataró – opens.

1886: The Statue of Liberty is dedicated by US President Grover Cleveland.

1893: Tchaikovsky conducts the first performance of his Symphony Number Six in B minor, “Pathetique”, in St. Petersburg, nine days before his death.

1894: German Emperor Wilhelm II fires chancellor Leo von Caprivi and Premier Botho zu Eulenburg.

1903: Author Evelyn Waugh is born in London.

1904: St Louis police try a new investigation method – fingerprints.

1908: The Daily Telegraph prints an interview with Germany’s Emperor Wilhelm II, who characterises himself as personally friendly to Britain, but suggests the German people are hostile, causing uproar in both countries.

1915: Alpensymfonie, by Richard Strauss, premieres in Berlin.

1918: Czechoslovakia is created as Austria-Hungary breaks up.

1919: The Volstead Act is passed by US Congress, establishing prohibition, despite President Woodrow Wilson’s veto.

1940: Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini meet in Florence.

1948: The flag of Israel is adopted.


1951: Alfa Romeo driver Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina wins the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship.

1954: Ernest Hemingway is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

1958: Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli is elected Pope, taking the name John XXIII.

1961: Raymond Jones goes into Liverpool’s NEMS Record store trying to buy My Bonnie, a song that had been released in Germany by a band called The Beatles. Shop manager Brian Epstein promises to investigate further.

1962: The Cuban Missile Crisis ends as US President John F Kennedy welcomes Russia’s announcement that it will dismantle its missiles based on the island.

1965: Singles chart:

  1. Tears – Ken Dodd
  2. Almost There – Andy Williams
  3. Eve Of Destruction – Barry McGuire
  4. Evil Hearted You – The Yardbirds
  5. Yesterday Man – Chris Andrews
  6. It’s Good News Week – Hedgehoppers Anonymous
  7. If You Gotta Go, Go Now – Manfred Mann
  8. Hang On Sloopy – The McCoys
  9. Here It Comes Again – The Fortunes
  10. Yesterday – Matt Monro

1971: John Lennon and Yoko Ono record Happy Xmas (War Is Over) in New York. On the same day, Parliament debates the European Communities principle of membership and votes 356 to 244 in favour of joining the common market.

1974: Sports Minister Denis Howell’s wife and young son survive an IRA bomb attack on their car.

1979: Chairman Hua Kuo-Feng becomes the first Chinese leader to visit Britain.

1986: 24-year old Essex man Jeremy Bamber is sentenced to life in prison for killing five members of his family.

1987: On TV (Wednesday)



09.25Thames News


10.00Santa Barbara

10.25ITN News Headlines

10.30The Time, The Place


11.25Thames News


12.00The Sullivans

12.30ITN News

12.50Thames News

13.00Blacke’s Magic

13.55Thames News


14.30Frocks On The Box

15.00Take The High Road

15.25Thames News

15.30The Young Doctors

16.00Children’s ITV: The Pondles

16.10The Adventures Of Tintin

16.20The Adventures Of Teddy Ruxpin

16.45Stop That Laughing At The Back


17.45ITN News

18.00Thames News

18.25This Is Your Right


19.00This Is Your Life
Conductor George Solti is the subject of the big red book

19.30Coronation Street

20.00Des O Connor Tonight

21.00The London Embassy

22.00News At Ten

22.30Midweek Sports Special



12.00Business Daily

12.30Just 4 Fun

13.00Be Your Own Boss

13.30Catering with Care

14.00Their Lordships’ House

14.15International Badminton

16.00Mavis on 4


17.00Cartoon Carnival

17.30I Dream of Jeannie

18.00Family Ties

18.30Working It Out

19.00Channel 4 News


20.00Changing Faces

20.30A Week in Politics

21.00The Booker Prize 1987
Hermione Lee discusses the six short-listed novels

21.30Samson and Delilah


23.50Vivat Regina


06.00Ceefax AM

06.35Edgar Kennedy in I’ll Fix It


07.00Breakfast Time
with Frank Bough Sally Magnusson and Jeremy Paxman.

08.40Open Air

08.55Regional News and Weather




10.05Going For Gold

10.25Children’s BBC

10.55Five to Eleven


11.05Open Air


12.05Daytime Live

12.55Regional News; Weather

13.00One O’Clock News


13.50Going for Gold

14.15Film: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Gene Wilder stars in this fantasy adventure

15.50Children’s BBC

16.10Wacky Races

16.20Beat the Teacher



17.10The Fire-Raiser

17.35Masterteam 87

18.00Six O’Clock News

18.35Regional news magazines

Cher joins Terry to talk about her career

19.35The Clothes Show
Selina Scott flies to Italy to meet the man known as the King of Rome – designer Valentino.

Starring John Nettles as the Jersey police detective.

20.50Points of View

21.00Nine O’Clock News

21.30Mafia Wars

Introduced by Steve Rider and featuring boxing live from Wembley: Lloyd Honeyghan (Gt Britain) v Jorge Vaca (Mexico) for the World Welterweight title. Commentator Harry Carpenter.


09.00Pages from Ceefax

09.43Daytime on 2

13.20Heads and Tails


14.05Storytime Stone Soup

14.20Racing from Ascot

Live from London Zoo.

16.35Wildlife on Two
Narrated by David Attenborough.

17.00Glynn Christian’s New Zealand

17.30Advice Shop

18.00Film: The Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery (1966)
Comedy tarring Frankie Howerd Dora Bryan and George Cole.

19.30Cartoon Two

19.40The Victorian Kitchen Garden


21.00The Shiralee
Second in a two-part adaptation of the classic Australian novel starring Bryan Brown.



1997: REM drummer Bill Berry announces that he is leaving the group after 17 years to become a farmer – albeit a multi millionaire one.

1998: Poet Ted Hughes dies aged 68.

2007: Country musician Porter Wagoner dies in Nashville aged 80 from lung cancer.

2012: Taylor Swift – Red

2012: Album chart:

  1. Red – Taylor Swift
  2. Our Version Of Events – Emeli Sande
  3. Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg
  4. Chapman Square – Lawson
  5. Babel – Mumford & Sons
  6. Bad Intentions – Dappy
  7. Songs From The Movies And More – Daniel O’Donnell
  8. The 2nd Law – Muse
  9. Fall To Grace – Paloma Faith
  10. Glassheart – Leona Lewis

2017: Spain’s central government imposes direct rule on Catalonia, dismisses its government and calls for new elections in December. On the same day, Salford City goalkeeper Max Crocombe is sent off for urinating on the pitch in front of fans.

2019: The EU agrees to another Brexit extension to January 31 2020. On the same day, musician Stephen Morris appeals for the return of his £250,000 antique violin after leaving it on a train.

2020: Comedian Bobby Ball (Harper) dies aged 76.

2021: Mark Zuckerberg announces Facebook will change its corporate name to Meta.

2022: A hammer-wielding intruder attacks Paul Pelosi, 82-year old husband of US Speaker of the House, Nancy, at their home in California. On the same day, rock ‘n’ roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis dies aged 87.

Lucy Bronze

BIRTHDAYS: Dame Cleo Laine, jazz singer, 96; Baron Bill Rodgers of Quarry Bank, politician, 95; Bernie Ecclestone, motorsport impresario, 93; David Dimbleby, political commentator, 85; Hank Marvin (Brian Rankin), guitarist (The Shadows) 82; Caitlyn Jenner, former Olympic decathlete, 74; John McGovern, footballer/manager, 74; Peter Hitchens, journalist, 72; Annie Potts, actress, 71; Desmond Child, songwriter, 70; Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, 68; Baron Digby Jones of Birmingham, businessman, 68; Stephen Morris, drummer (Joy Division/New Order) 66; William Reid, guitarist/songwriter (The Jesus and Mary Chain) 65; Lauren Holly, actress, 60; Julia Roberts, actress, 56; Ben Harper, singer-songwriter/musician, 54; Joaquin Phoenix, actor, 49; Gwendoline Christie, actress, 45; Alan Smith, footballer, 43; Matt Smith, actor, 41; Joe Thomas, actor, 40; Frank Ocean (Christopher Breaux), singer-songwriter, 36; Lucy Bronze, footballer, 32.